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Hugh Keogh, Former President, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
One of the strategies in Governor Kaine’s Workforce Development Strategic Plan is to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of regional and local workforce development efforts. Early in the Governor’s administration the potential arose to achieve major success in this regard when the City of Richmond and the Counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan expressed an interest in combining their previous independent workforce areas into a single cohesive system… The stakes were high…as many previous efforts had fallen short of completion.
…The services of Dr. Bosher were engaged to help facilitate discussion among the jurisdictions to ensure success The combination of his reputation in the region and the state as a preminent education expert, his finely honed professional skills, the nature of his personality and relationships with key players made him a natural choice. When points of negotiation were strained, Dr. Bosher’s ability to mediate the situation through the previously mentioned attributes allowed discussions to continue in a positive manner resulting in each jurisdiction’s governing body unanimously endorsing the creation of a regional workforce board. The importance of this achievement to Governor Kaine was marked by a ceremony he hosted at the Executive Mansion.
Daniel LeBlanc, Senior Advisor to Governor Kaine for Workforce Development